Dr Preeti Raghunath



Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies
School of Arts and Social Sciences

preeti.raghunath@monash.edu
+603 5514 6000 (General Line)
Room 2-6-04
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Preeti Raghunath is a Lecturer (Communication and Media Studies) at Monash University, Malaysia. She has a PhD in Communication, and a Masters in Politics and International Relations, both from India. Her research has been located at the intersections of global media studies, media policy studies, and ethnographic methods, in South Asia. To this end, she enjoys researching on:

  • empire and media, bringing archival and ethnographic perspectives to the global
  • public-centric workings of media technologies, both policies and practices
  • theorising media policy through critical and interpretive lenses

Having started working in her late teens alongside her undergraduate education, Preeti garnered experience in the media and communications industry, working across newspapers and magazines, television and corporate communications. Her Bachelors was a triple major in Communication and Journalism, English Literature, and Political Science, with each of the subject areas helping advance her inquiry and practice of journalism and writing. She then went on to pursue a Masters in International Relations and Politics, since she wanted to gain an understanding of world politics, and the intersections of the local and the global. Upon procuring the Junior and Senior Research Fellowships granted by the University Grants Commission of India, she completed her PhD in Communication, conceptualising her work as a critical policy ethnography across four countries of South Asia, namely, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. Her doctoral research was published as a book titled, ‘Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach’, by Palgrave Macmillan, in 2020. She worked as an Assistant Professor at a university in India, teaching at the MA (Mass Communication) and MBA (Communication Management) programmes, before joining Monash.

Preeti believes in praxis, and enjoys travelling and conducting research that reflect slice-of-life realities.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Communication) from the University of Hyderabad, India (2019)
  • MA (Politics with specialisation in International Relations) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (2012)
  • BA (Triple major in Journalism and Communication, English Literature, Political Science) from Osmania University, India (2009)
  • Summer School - Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute (2013), funded by a grant of the Ford Foundation.

Research Interests

Preeti’s doctoral and other research has received funding from the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), the IAMCR-Open Society Foundation Rapid Response Grant on Communication Policy, the Asian Scholar Grant by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA), the International Association for Media and communication Research (IAMCR), and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), among others. Her paper, ‘Airing Imperium: A Historiography of Radio Governance in South Asia’ received the Best Paper Award instituted by the Communication Policy and Technology (CP&T) Section of the IAMCR.

She is currently a Country Expert, India, for a European Research Council project. She currently also serves as a Vice-Chair of the Global Media Policy Working Group of the IAMCR.

MEMBERSHIP IN ASSOCIATIONAL BODIES

  • Member, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • Member, International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Member, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

Life Member and Executive Council, Oral History Association of India (OHAI)

Book:

  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2020). Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Publications:

  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2021). Airing Imperium: A Historiography of Radio Governance in South Asia. Global Media and Communication. Online First
  • Mohan Dutta, Srividya Ramasubramanian, Mereana Barrett, Christine Elers, Devina Sarwatay, Preeti Raghunath, Satveer Kaur, Debalina Dutta, Pooja Jayan, Mahbubur Rahman, Edwin Tallam, Sudeshna Roy, Ashwini Falnikar, Gayle Moana Johnson, Indranil Mandal, Uttaran Dutta, Iccha Basnyat, Cheryll Soriano, Vinod Pavarala, T T Sreekumar, Shiv Ganesh, Asha Rathina Pandi, Dazzelyn Zapata. (2021). Decolonizing Open Science: Southern Interventions, Journal of Communication. Online First
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2021). Translating Experience into Enunciation: On Conducting a Policy Ethnography in South Asia, Economic and Political Weekly, 56 (22)
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2021). MacBride Commission’s Legacy: Towards Equitable and Sustainable Technology Futures. Media Development, 2021 (2)
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2019). Human Security in a Datafying South Asia: Approaching Data Protection. International Journal of Media Studies, 1(1).
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2014). The unfinished business of Nepal’s community radio policy. Media Asia, 41(1), 22–23.
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2014). Quelled voices and amplified silences, Himal Southasian’s special issue on ‘Growing Media, Shrinking Spaces’, June, Vol. 27 (2).

Book Chapters:

  • Raghunath, Preeti. (submitted). The Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach: Media Policy Studies from the Global South. In Hanan Badr and Sarah Ganter (Eds) Media Governance: A Cosmopolitan Critique, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Parthasarathi, Vibodh and Raghunath, Preeti. (submitted) Reformulating Media Bazaars: The Digital Media Economy in India. In Terry Flew et al (Eds) Sage Handbook of Digital Media Economy, Sage.
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2021). COVID-19 and Non-Personal Data in the Indian context: On the Normative Ideal of Public Interest. In Milan et al (Eds.) COVID-19 from the Margins: Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: Institute of Network Cultures.
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2020). Deliberating Community Radio in India: A Critical Policy Ethnography. In Kanchan K Malik and Vinod Pavarala. (Eds.) Community Radio in South Asia: Reclaiming the Airwaves. Routledge.

Reviews:

  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2021). Book Review of ‘Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas’, International Journal of Media Studies, 2 (1)
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (2020). Book Review of ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research’, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 30 (1).

Ongoing:

  • Raghunath, Preeti (Under Revision.) “Of mountains, islands, and policy”: Conducting a Critical Policy Ethnography in South Asia. Qualitative Research.
  • Raghunath, Preeti. (slated for 2023). “Hated Speech”: The Communicative Dimension of Progressive Politics and (Un)Democracy in India. In Alice Mattoni (Eds) The Handbook of Progressive Politics, Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Currently co-editing a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Digital Media and Policy (Intellect), on the theme, ‘Media Policies in South Asia’, scheduled for March 2022.
  • Currently co-editing a volume titled, ‘A Media Anthropology of India’. Proposal currently with a publisher.
  • Grantee, “Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia” Grant of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), 2021
  • Travel Grant by the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Oregon, US, 20 - 24 June, 2018.
  • Asian Scholar Grant – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, for the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) annual conference at National University of Singapore, 2017.
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) – Open Society Foundation (OSF) Rapid Response Grant on Communication Policy, 2014 – Contributed to the Global Media Policy Working Group’s Mapping Project as part of the Grant requirement, besides written submissions and presentations.
  • Indian Council Social Science Research (ICSSR) Data Collection Abroad Grant, 2013-14 – Funding covered my doctoral fieldwork in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Preeti welcomes PhD projects that look at various facets of media policies and practices historically and in contemporary times, through qualitative or ethnographic inquiry, with a focus on South Asia

AWARDS:

  • Honorary Mention, Urban Communication Grant for the year 2020, awarded by the Urban Communication Foundation/IAMCR
  • Best Paper Award for the Communication Policy and Technology (CP&T) Section and the Global Media Policy Working Group, at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) annual conference, Oregon, US, 20 - 24 June, 2018, for my paper titled, ‘Airing Imperium: A Historiography of Radio Governance in South Asia’.